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by mathrec
Mon May 06, 2013 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

... Anyone know why he is talking about his rope? Because we're talking about it. I think we are good at anticipating what Randall might do, but I also think it happens too often. I think he's messing with us. (Latent22, I know I'm ignoring your pun.) Edit: Time to coma. This may be my last full ke...
by mathrec
Sun May 05, 2013 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

DeltaDONG
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The other branch of the river is wide...
by mathrec
Sun May 05, 2013 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Haven't seen anyone else post the actual text, and I enjoyed it... From slashdot Fortran IV writes "Randall Munroe's xkcd webcomic has done some odd things before, but #1190, "Time," is something special. It's a time-lapse movie of two people building a sandcastle that...
by mathrec
Sun May 05, 2013 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Finally, ketchedup. My puzzle didn't slow you down enough. (I'm glad that many of you enjoyed it!)

I vote for delta, and eliminating the mustard period.

Woot!
by mathrec
Sat May 04, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

A present to slow you down so I can ketchup. No more posting until you solve it! http://mathrec.org/sudoku/custom/TimeSudoku.png Solved (assuming the rules to be "fill each square with a letter such that each row column and 3x3 box has all the (unique) letters of 'one true comic'" (or, as...
by mathrec
Sat May 04, 2013 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

A present to slow you down so I can ketchup. No more posting until you solve it!
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by mathrec
Fri May 03, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

We should have a poll of whether they find a ford or turn back, and see if Randell responds to it... Sorry, the debate is already settled. They found me. And while we're on the subject of "Ford" being a fairly uncommon name, I just found out that there is another "Ford" at t...
by mathrec
Fri May 03, 2013 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ninja-ed (Prefectly). We should have a poll of whether they find a ford or turn back, and see if Randell responds to it... Sorry, the debate is already settled. They found me. And while we're on the subject of "Ford" being a fairly uncommon name, I just found out that there is another ...
by mathrec
Fri May 03, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

or we might go with a verse that's free to bite our thumbs at conventions of all and the enter conscious stream like a river small and a sea much bigger to laugh and cry and blitz still to await the It to come still to Wait and may haps wade a little Very nice. *applauds politely, sips tea*
by mathrec
Fri May 03, 2013 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well this is weird: http://forums.xkcd.com/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=403057 Wait until the real googlebot gets wind of this...bits will fly! Do you think one of the bots tried to escape from the collective??? If there's one escapee, there'll probably be more. I wonder if anybody...
by mathrec
Fri May 03, 2013 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

I want to sing this: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide No escape from reality Open your eyes Look up to the sea and see ... (someone continue!) I'm just a Cueball. I need no sympathy, because I'm easy come, easy go. Little high little low. Even if the wind blows, do...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

...Also the use of I.E. where there should be Firefox. I think that from now on, instead of saying "i.e.", I'm going to say "firefox". Of course, this will be hard, since I rarely actually say "i.e.". And I really should say "seamonkey" instead anyway. Jose G...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

I did a back-of the envelope calculation yesterday based on an Outsider's comment "...like trying to bail out the ocean with a teaspoon." So, if 7x10 9 people were all bailing (and had someplace to put the water) could we keep up with a 1 cm/yr rise in sea level? It turns out that each of ...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

... OK, that might be how it goes, but I immediately thought of Donald Knuth . ... So after checking that link, I went on to the next one , and found it to be terribly appropriate. We can certainly try to analyze, theorize, define, and in whatever ways we can figure it out which takes a lot of effo...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ooh, I can answer the last one. If you have seen Monsters, Inc., and remember the scene with Abominable and he offers them yellow snowcones ... No, no, no. Don't worry. It's lemon. Yeah, sure. Lemon. I'm still waiting for them to press charges against 'ole Abominable... What did he ...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Alternatively, what are the chances that Randall really thought we'd have figured this all out by now, has been reading the forum, and every day does a facepalm? "Noooo! 1000 images and they STILL haven't figured out what's going on yet? How many clues do I have to give them??" I've actua...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

After more than 20k posts, one could think we could be closer to understanding what is really going on in this comic (best way to guess at what it is we are waiting for). ... So, I'd like to know y'all ideas about this and that, just to see if we are somewhere near a consensus 1) Where are M&C ...
by mathrec
Thu May 02, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Since the excitement about the 20,000th post and page 500 got in the way right after I posted, I'm going to quote myself here for easy reviewing: I noticed no one pointed out anything about the internal time of Time, so I wanted to say a few words. I find it interesting that, say, between newpix #8...
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm a milk carton. I'm not sure how to feel about this. I'll go with 'happy'. Yeah. I can see where it might be a little awkward... Maybe a nice chapeau from the amazingly talented buffygirl would add just the right splash of color? *girlysqueal* :D Milk cartons are apparently very powerful, capabl...
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

AluisioASG wrote:
mathrec wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:...Now I remember 1037.

I don't think I can include alt-text here. Anyway, which 1037 did you remember


All of them. :D
I remembered the whole mad quest that Mr. Munroe (later to become Lord Randall) sent us on to find all of the different inputs and the variations in the comic.
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

AluisioASG wrote:Image
I was immediately disappointed that there was no hovertext, so I went to the OtherComic and looked it up to read the hovertext. Now I remember 1037.
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

The mustard frames no longer contain any gray, at least according to geekwagon. I'll check the other databases to verify. mscha's compilation is in agreement. Aubronwood also displays those frames as solid black ground. Has this been pointed out before? The Aubron just links to the images from the ...
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:We're pretty sure it's just Lord Randall continuing his MMONS1

1 Massively Multiplayer Online Nerd Sniping.


Yes. This. Lord Randall is capricious, with a malicious streak. It makes sense that there is a little bit of BHG in the author Creator, doesn't it?
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

This may be heresy. But hear me out. Why are we doing what we are told? Why are we waiting for it? Whether it is something unknown or time itself. Should we not fill our days with bigger things and let it come to us with hat in hand? Let it explain itself? We are slowly watching a journey of two tr...
by mathrec
Wed May 01, 2013 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ready to see what I spent my morning doing? Here you go! It's a Present Present from me to you! http://vpx.pl/i/2013/04/30/WeLoveTheThreadOfTime.png Click Here for Larger Version Disclaimer: I really, really wanted to fit as many posters as possible in here but my wrist is already limp as a noodle!...
by mathrec
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

... I'm really curious if we will be debating the OTC with the same enthusiasm as now after a year, if the OTC will be still running - now I have really no problem to believe it. One of the reasons that I have stayed with this needle-pulled thingy is that Timewaiters embrace the absurdity of #915 a...
by mathrec
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

The alt text still says "Wait for it." Will the loopists be correct? Even if they appear to be correct, there are an almost infinite number of ways for Lord Randall to meddle. The first one that comes to mind is that he could loop back to the original images, but with new hash tags. Even i...
by mathrec
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Count me among those who have not died. I'm still here, for there is still Time.
by mathrec
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

edo wrote:sqrt(2)/2|yes> + sqrt(2)/2|no>

|Do we have to format unanswerable questions like this?|
by mathrec
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

tman2nd wrote:
descor wrote:Chapel? Surely you meant to say Castle?

We have a castle? :D

We know how to build a castle any time that we need one...sand and Time.
by mathrec
Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

There is one problem with this: 3 points is sufficient to define a parabola if it is assumed to have a given orientation, as in y = ax^2 + bx + c. If your x-y coordinate system is also arbitrarily placed within space, you need a 4th point to completely constrain the parabola, as you can have infini...
by mathrec
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well, it depends. You'd need to know the mass, the surface drag of the projectile, and how many foot pounds of torque the launching arm had at release. Only after the the ballistic projectile's kinetic energy it recieved from the trebuchet has been overcome by gravity (at the apogee of its trajecto...
by mathrec
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107475
Views: 53189948

Re: 1190: "Time"

It may be off topic to comment on the One True Comic, but in the current Frame (350) it looks like Cueball is sitting in lotus position and waiting for it.

I'm sure it's just a transitional frame in his construction of the central structure...
by mathrec
Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 47635

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

I was surprised to see that Randall got the relativistic doppler effect wrong (?!) The ratio of the velocity to the speed of light is v/c = (1-r)/(1+r), where r is the ratio of the frequencies (source/observed). I would choose a ratio of 51/65, but I wouldn't really quibble with Randall's 3/4, so 3/...
by mathrec
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 78310

Re: Strip Games Discussion

I suppose a nice game of strip tic-tac-toe would be in order. Unlike strip global thermonuclear war, it's not necessarily an exercise in futility, because you can always play to lose.
by mathrec
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 78310

Re: "Strip Games" Discussion

How about a nice game of strip tic tac toe? I suppose it's still an exercise in futility...
by mathrec
Fri May 01, 2009 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0576: "Packages"
Replies: 127
Views: 43941

Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Duban wrote:The "Bobcat" reference made the comic go from funny to beyond words. It was just awesome.

Randall does self-reference so very, very well. I'm glad he breaks his promise regularly---not that he ever meant to keep it.
by mathrec
Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 28610

Re: "Braille" Discussion

I learned braille well enough to read a particular sign at a local park. For the sighted, the sign was a map with a key for the map. The braille message was near the map key, and that just didn't make sense to me until I translated it. The message for the blind gave directions to the restrooms.
by mathrec
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0243: "Appropriate Term"
Replies: 89
Views: 42406

Joy Button

I can't believe that no one else uses the term "joy button". It appears to be a simple variation on the established term "joystick", but carries all of the implication of the term "clit mouse". With a little practice, you can use it in polite company, or you can use it ...

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